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Baku Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://baku-restaurant.com
  • Phone: (704) 817-7173
  • Hours of Operation: Sunday - Tuesday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Wednesday - Thursday: 4:00pm – 12:00am, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm – 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Yakitori
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Baku
BAKU is a Japanese Robata-style restaurant that showcases outstanding sushi and innovative Robata and Yakatori cuisine.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Food is simply outstanding in menu design, taste and presentation. Service good and a nice decor/atmosphere for essentially a Southpark strip mall. But without trying...one dessert, no expensive wine...it was $100 per person with tax and tip. Good, but that earns Baku a seat in the "special occasion" category...can't afford to do this too often!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "We had a nice experience. The brunch was creative and tasty and all the dishes were just the right size. The sushi was amazing and we were even asked if we would like more. Would recommend!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Asian fusion with great menu. Bar was very full. Great location in Southpark."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Varied and interesting menu. Food ranged from great to good. Service was friendly and knowledgeable. Bar service was slow. Baku is enjoyable but not a great value."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "This was our second dinner at Baku. Sadly it was not as enjoyable as the first. We had a pleasant evening at the restuarant however the noise level made it difficult to hold a conversation. There seem to be more wait staff at one point than customers, as you bumped into them every way you turned when going to the table. Food was very tasty but we believe over priced for what you get. First dish was also cold but the waiter did take care of that on the final bill. I think this is a great place for a group dinner but for a datenight evening with loved one not so much, we both decided we would not probably be going back."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Most of what we ordered tasted wonderful. Calamari, wing appetizer, and the himache "rice krispie treat" were fabulous! We ordered the tins from the Robata grill menu and they did not blow me away and were luke-warm, which was ironic since the grill gets to 1,000 degrees. Halibut entree was delicious! Overall, a great meal...portion sizes too small for the prices."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Excellent blue fin tuna tartare and roasted oysters. Great, lively, bar as well."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Had my first Baku experience the other night and have already recommended it to multiple "foodie" friends! We got there early and headed to the upstairs bar to have a few drinks while the rest of our party arrived. I will definitely be coming back to enjoy the bar more. The specialty cocktails were delicious (and half-priced.. not sure if this is an ongoing Wednesday special or a one-time deal) and the ambience was awesome. This restaurant has tapas-style food, so you won't get a ton of food quantity-wise per dish. With that being said, the flavor of each dish made up for the smaller portions. The wild mushroom kamamashi pot is not to be missed. It was my favorite item of the night followed by the black cod. Will be back!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Liked the creativity & grown-up food, but had fruit & other things that my 5yo enjoyed. Would like to see rotating menu, every 4-6mo perhaps."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "This was our third visit to Baku, and as before, our experience was amazing. The food was incredible, (best lamb chops and steak in Charlotte) and our server Ariel did a fantastic job. We will definitely be back soon. Their brunch is also amazing!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "We had a fun and enjoyable experience. The food was beautiful and delicious. It was fun trying a number of dishes. Our server was great and very helpful. We will definitely be back and look forward to trying more."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I've been to Baku a few times now and like it more each time. I highly recommend the cocktails here, which I do not normally order. Baku is a great addition to the Charlotte restaurant scene."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "From walking in to the last mouthful BAKU was a great experience. Our wait staffer, Ariel, was outstanding. She knew the food backwards and forwards and knew the wines. Will be happy to bring friends."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "We had dinner reservations and experienced no wait time upon arrival. The restaurant looks trendy and upscale, but without feeling stuffy (the servers wear dark jeans and a button-down). Our waiter, Calvin, was awesome. Everything we had was delicious. The roasted oysters, pork-belly, and duck breast were outstanding. This is the best dining experience we've had in Charlotte in quite a few years, and we did not leave disappointed or saying, "It was not bad but not good, either." We are already planning our next meal there!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Hands down best brunch in Charlotte. 6 course meal plus a cart with all-you-can-eat sushi for $36 bucks. Needless to say, we did not leave hungry. Brittany was our server; she was fantastic."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "You could not ask for more. Food, ambiance and service were all spectacular (although, our waiter is a friend of ours). It has a décor that separates it from the usual in Charlotte; reminds you of Atlanta, San Francisco, or NYC's finest. I have been to Tokyo over a 100 times; there was nothing finer, especially the quality of the food."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Waiter was a little on the annoying side but we could have gotten over that if the food had been better. If you like sushi, their sushi is good but for the price there are as good or better places in town. If you don't want sushi, good luck. The pork dumplings were delicious but after that it went down hill. The chicken and spring onion yakatori was burnt. It tasted like the glaze was put on too early in the cooking process and it just ended up burning. The quail was moist but had no real flavor. The beet salad was okay but it just seemed to be lacking something. We've had a number of beet salads elsewhere and this one would be at the bottom. For the money there are too many better options out there."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Baku is exactly what it is hype up to be! A Japanese small plate restaurant with high quality ingredients that can be on the pricey side. If you are going looking for cheap sushi, you are going to the wrong place. If you are going looking to try a diverse assortment of flavors, GO! The flavors, service and diversity of the menu, from sushi to Tomahawk Ribeye (not a small plate!) make a meal here is worth the experience. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "most wonderful dining expierence that I have had in a while! memorable and delish! Our waiter was FANTASTIC the food terrific and the YUZU cake was out of this world. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "You should like raw food to go to this restaurant. While we did have one delicious cooked halibut dish, the rest of the meal was raw. My husband enjoyed the restaurant more than I did!"
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "I love Baku - so fun to share plates and try lots of new, healthy dishes."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "After porpoising to the love of my life, i couldn't have chosen better place than this! Everybody made our night extra special! Thank you so much to all the staff! Everything was amazing! Food, service, environment everything! "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "This is a place to enjoy small plates. Every dish that comes to your table makes you stop and stare.......you even find yourself staring at other peoples food and asking the waiter......... what's that? The chefs in the kitchen know what they're doing and it shows.......every bit is amazing. I'd eat there 2-3 times a week if I could afford it.....pricy but worth it "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Pork belly skewers were awesome. Grilled artichokes were lovely as were the corn skewers - lots of great vegetarian options. Sake menu is extensive with lots of wonderful options. We will be back!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "A real "out of the park" brunch experience - was not prepared for the level of presentation, despite knowing how good the food and service are. Perfect choices - though maybe too many?! - in terms of flow and cuisine. Could have stayed doing tours of the sushi cart, but the shrimp tempura, stunning fruit bowl, delicious salad and always amazing dessert made it that much better. Our server Edie is always wonderful (!) and we loved the entire crew. We're already planning a summer brunch with friends. Our thanks."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Had an awesome meal here. Reggie was our server and he was fantastic."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Visiting Charlotte from out of town and very glad we check this place out. Outstanding service. Try the artichokes, octopus, and kobe steak. Amzing!! "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "for the size of the portions, the prices were very expensive."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Food just gets better and better. Our server Edie prompted us to try yet more new items, despite having come multiple times. Outstanding salmon belly, blue fin tuna, waygu bite, etc. Loved the half price wine option and the great service. Coming back soon!"
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "Incredible food and great service. Ask for Stephen, he was awesome."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "We ordered 7 items and all of them were unbelievably full of flavor. Best of all, every item except the tempura could be made gluten free without changing the amazing taste. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We have been wanting to go to this restaurant now since it opened. We got our chance on May 2. A Friday night and glad we made a reservation. We loved it. Took our 13 year old daughter, who thought it was "cool". Yes, it's hip and wonderful in every way!! We would highly recommend it to anyone! We gave it a 10 in all areas. That is hard to do. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Hats off to the chef, bartenders and servers...the cohesive teamwork at Baku showed through in the exceptional palatable cuisine, vibrant drinks and knowledgeable friendly service. I've been there twice in one week!"
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Great atmosphere and delicious food! The menu is outstanding but as a tapas type restaurant be prepared to pay more because you will order more. However, fun to try new dishes and share among yourselves. Loved the quality, menu options and the decor too. Everything we ordered was outstanding! "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • " Food is incredibly fresh and everything has a unique and beautiful presentation. The flavors from the food really stand out especially because hot items are cooked on the Robata grill. can't wait to go again, service was fantastic and very professional as well."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "So fun! Celebrated a birthday for friend. Each dish is a work of art!"
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "Unexpected flavors and a really fun dining experience. Our server was delightful. She guided us through our selections for the night, which was fabulous. Take some time and share many dishes. You will not be disappointed. We enjoyed the drink selection and the music--great atmosphere. I love that this is in SP. "
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "This was a great experience!!!! The food was great and the server was even better.. Thanks for the experience. "
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "I've been to Baku probably 7 or 8 times and each time I leave there looking forward to when I can return. It is by far the best restaurant I've been to in Charlotte in the 28 years I've lived here. The pork dumplings..fantastic! Spicy filet..best steak in town! I love the way the food is presented; served when it's ready, meant for sharing, always hot and beyond delicious. The staff are eager to explain the menu as it is unique. Try it! It's the best!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "The food wasn't bad but it difinitely wasn't great. Given the price tag for their small plates, I expect great. We had 3 people in our group and the waitron said they recommend 4 plates per person to share. So that would have meant 12 plates for our table. That's a bit unexcepatable. We ended up getting 8-9 plates and that was plenty. It's worth a try if you just want to say you've been there. But if not try somewhere else. "
    Dined on 4/15/2014